Preparing, carrying out and completing a doctorate may raise various questions. Due to the high degree of specialisation and variation between disciplines, it is not possible to offer doctoral candidates a centralised advisory service. Instead, at Leipzig University we support doctoral candidates with individual advisory services. If you are considering pursuing a doctorate, it would be wise to find out beforehand about the extensive range of research opportunities on offer. This will require consultation with supervising professors on the subject of your doctorate.
All 14 of the University’s faculties hold the right to award doctorates. Please contact the assistant to the dean.
Graduate Centre programme classes
Our university offers a variety of programme classes within its three Graduate Centres.
- German-French Graduate College “Statistical Physics of Complex Systems”
- Graduate School “Building with Molecules and Nano-objects”“ (BuildMoNa)
- Integrated Research Training Group “Polymers: Random Coils and Beyond”“
- International Max Planck Research School “Mathematics in the Sciences”
- Leipzig Graduate School “Clouds, Aerosols and Radiation: Mineral Dust”
- Research Training Group “Quantitative Logics and Automata” (QuantLA)
- Helmholtz Research School for Ecosystem Services under Changing Land-use and Climate (ESCALATE)
- Research Training Group “Interaction of Grammatical Building Blocks” (IGRA)
- Integrated Research Training Group “Matrix Engineering”
- Integrated Research Training Group “Obesity Mechanisms”
- International Max Planck Research School “Neuroscience of Communication: Function, Structure, and Plasticity” (NeuroCom)
- International Max Planck Research School “The Leipzig School of Human Origins”
- MD/PhD programme of the Leipzig University Faculty of Medicine
- iDiv Graduate School (yDiv)
Organising your doctorate
If you are German and interested in enrolling on a doctoral programme, you will usually need to use the AlmaWeb portal and can request assistance from the Student Office.
After entering your information online, please print the application form and submit it, together with the accompanying documents, to the Student Service Centre (SSZ) either by post or in person during its opening hours.
Enrolment in doctoral studies is possible in all courses of study offered at Leipzig University. The prerequisite for enrolment is admission to the list of doctoral candidates in accordance with the doctoral regulations, admission to a doctoral programme, or acceptance at a Graduiertenkolleg (referred to in English by the DFG as a Research Training Group). If you have any questions about enrolment, please contact Ms Gebhardt.
If you are from abroad, you can apply at the International Centre to enrol on a doctoral programme.
Representation of doctoral candidates
The Doctoral Council (ProRat) is an elected body that promotes the interests of doctoral students at our university. Doctoral candidates can seek advice in person every last Tuesday of the month from 11am until 12pm, or alternatively get in touch by email or phone.
Wächterstraße 30, ground floor, room 05
Phone: +49 341 97 37 183
Additional advisory services
Equal opportunities, family-friendliness and freedom from discrimination are crucial preconditions for an innovative research culture, a stimulating teaching atmosphere, and a productive working environment. The Equal Opportunities Office at Leipzig University offers doctoral candidates an extensive range of advisory and support services.
Advisory services for doctoral candidates are available from Leipzig Student Services in a collaborative project with the Faculty of Medicine. Individual consultations are possible with or without an appointment.
The University has appointed independent third parties to mediate in conflict situations involving doctorates. They are bound to secrecy with respect to third parties and can be contacted for advice and mediation.
One of our university’s Central Institutions, the Research Academy Leipzig was set up to promote the scholars and scientists of tomorrow. It qualifies, informs and connects doctoral candidates. The structured doctoral programmes are distributed among its three Graduate Centres.